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2023 Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid

The long anticipated 2023 Yamaha Ténéré World Raid has finally hit Australian shores and we were lucky enough to get our hands on one and share our thoughts on this premium middle weight adventure bike offering from Yamaha.

For a $5500 premium over the standard model Ténéré 700 sits the Ténéré World Raid and for your extra hard-earned cash you will get dual fuel tanks, raising fuel carrying capacity to 23L, upgraded KYB suspension providing 20mm extra travel front and rear, Ohlins steering damper with 18 different settings and an upgraded TFT display.

Powered by Yamaha’s popular road proven high output CP2 cross-plane engine featuring a 689cc inline 2-cylinder liquid cooled DOHC engine with a 270-degree crank that produces 55kw of power and 69nm of torque with plenty of punch down low and a great sound. 

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High spec 43mm KYB forks on the front with 230mm of travel and fully adjustable with preload, compression and rebound. The rear sees a redesigned linkage and fully adjustable shock which features a preload adjuster which can quickly be adjusted by hand.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Raid
2023 Yamaha Ténéré World Raid

Excellent braking performance starts on the front with lightweight Brembo dual-piston brake calipers and twin 282mm floating dual wave discs and the rear sees a single piston brembo caliper with a 245mm disc. 

ABS comes with 3 switchable modes, you can choose to have the ABS on both front and rear, rear only or completely off. We stuck with rear off only on the dirt which gave us confidence that the front would not lock under heavy braking and allowed us to lock the rear and slide into corners. 

21-inch front and 17-inch rear anodized blue wire-spoked wheels come fitted from the factory with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres 90/90-21 & 150/70-17 respectively. Our test model was fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Rally Race tyres which are more dirt orientated than the standard fitting tyres and provided almost limitless amounts of grip and confidence on the dirt.

The 5-inch colour TFT multi-information display is mounted vertically giving that rally vibe and has three different screen displays to choose from, you can have a digital or analogue tachometer and the third option is a just the speed displayed with two rally style trip computers. Connectivity to the MyRide app is also available which will display text message and call alerts on the screen.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Raid
2023 Yamaha Ténéré World Raid

We headed out over the Blue Mountains in search of some epic rocky hill climbs and some flowing pine forest tracks. Straightaway the World Raid felt at home off road and nothing was really a challenged for it. 

Pushing hard through rocky hill climbs the suspension did an excellent job at soaking up all the hits and made easy work of most tracks, we found ourselves pinning the throttle and just sending it and for the most part the suspension would take it all and only the biggest bumps and rocks would deflect the front wheel pushing us off line and assisting with that was the adjustable ohlins steering damper.

The engine is not the most powerful out there however was still more than enough off road and the momentum achieved thanks to the suspension meant outright horsepower doesn’t matter. The torque down low is good and overall, we didn’t have any complaints with how it performed on or off road although a little bit more grunt for on road would be welcomed.

There’s no fancy traction control or engine mapping modes on the Tenere it’s all left up to the rider which we liked, Set the ABS to how you want it and just go have fun. Grabbing a fist full of throttle would either have you stepping out sideways or lifting the front wheel and left us grinning from ear to ear.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Raid
2023 Yamaha TénéréWorld Raid

The gearing is good from the constant mesh 6 speed gear box and no complaints with the clutch, it is cable but had a good feel and would be easier to repair on the side of a track vs a hydraulic line. 1st gear is low enough to crawl through tight sections and in top gear you could comfortably sit on highway speeds. We would’ve liked to see a quick shifter come standard providing a bit more on road fun. 

We liked the 2-piece seat design which allows for the pillion seat to be removed and replaced with a luggage rack available from the accessories catalogue. The seat itself was firm and grippy but comfortable enough for a whole day of riding.

The seat is 10mm higher on the World Raid and at 890mm had our 180cm rider just touching the ground with both toes or with one solid foot. The height is intimidating at first but we quickly got over that thanks to the great overall balance even in the tight rocky sections we rarely needed to put a foot down. Short riders would definitely need to opt for the low seat which will bring the sear height down by 20mm.

We liked the rally inspired LED headlights which ties in well with the rest of the ergonomics, the textured black panelling and blue colour scheme looks great. The windscreen is a good height and has wind deflectors on the sides combined does a great job at keeping the wind of the rider.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Raid
2023 Yamaha Ténéré World Raid

The handlebars are at a perfect height for maximum control in both the seated and standing positions, when in the standing position the shape of the fuel tanks still narrow enough to allow us to squeeze our legs for grip. The wide foot pegs were comfortable under foot and we liked the removable rubber inserts providing comfort or ultimate grip it muddy conditions.

The handlebar mounted controls are well placed and easy to use however we found the menu scroll button was an issue, to select changes the scroll button needs to be pushed in with significant force and takes a real effort that leaves an imprint on your thumb. The USB port was a welcomed addition and well position to provide phone power with little fuss.

We are still of the opinion that these middle weight adventure tourers should have cruise control or an option to add it, disappointingly the World Raid misses out and potentially losing sales because of it.  

We weren’t real keen on the twin fuel tanks at first until we worked out the trick to get both caps open when filling up and you either like the look or you don’t however the advantaged gained is worth it with the reduced height keeping the weight down low, the cockpit feels much roomier and the extra range of a claimed 500km which more realistically is probably closer to 450km.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Raid
2023 Yamaha Ténéré World Raid

The World Raid is serious off-road weapon with on road capability that is ready to go out of box, is it worth the $5500 over the standard Tenere? Yes, we would definitely keep saving up money and get the World Raid just add some good hand guards and an ackrapovic slip on to let that CP2 engine roar and go have fun. 

From $25,499 ride away available in two colours Midnight Black and Icon Blue (as tested). 

Our test bike was supplied by Yamaha Motorcycles Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Ténéré 700 World Raid contact your Yamaha Motorcycles Australia dealer.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride Experience
9
Style and Comfort
9
Braking and Handling
9.5
Overall Bike Performance
8
Value for Money
8
Mathew Probert
Mathew Probert
Motorcycling has been in Mathew Probert's blood for more than 30 years, which explains why there are three bikes in his garage. He says there's one for every occasion, but it's dirt bikes that are his passion. He also enjoys the adrenaline rush of taking on some of the best roads in Australia aboard anything with two wheels.

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The long anticipated 2023 Yamaha Ténéré World Raid has finally hit Australian shores and we were lucky enough to get our hands on one and share our thoughts on this premium middle weight adventure bike offering from Yamaha. For a $5500 premium over the standard...2023 Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid